Bard in the Botanics

bard-in-the-botanics25th June – 2nd August 2014

LocationGlasgow Botanic Gardens

Admission:  from £10

As has been proven in outdoor festivals in many cultural capitals around the world, Shakespeare plays work very well in the open air.  Glasgow’s beautiful Botanic Gardens provide the perfect backdrop for just such an event.

2014 will see the Bard celebrate their 12th year with an exciting programme of productions. Bard in the Botanics returns this year with, The Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Henry V and Hamlet

  • The Comedy of Errors a hilarious tale of mistaken identity, assumed personas and wild mishaps as a family scattered by fortune search for reconciliation and a happy ending.
  • Henry IV  has won the crown from Richard II but his throne faces rebellion and his health is failing. As the King prepares for war, his son Prince Hal is languishing in brothels and taverns in the company of the notorious Sir John Falstaff.
  • Henry V You, the family and friends of all our scholars and teachers, are invited to the fete. A variety of entertainments will be on offer, not least our ‘Grand Patriotic Pageant’, in which the whole of our school performs Shakespeare’s great classic; Henry V.
  • Hamlet The King of Denmark is dead. The young Prince Hamlet returns from university for his father’s funeral and finds himself also attending his mother’s swift wedding to his uncle. Meanwhile, at the edge of the kingdom, the ghost of the dead King has been seen walking nightly.

Some outdoor performances can involve a lengthy walk through the grounds, but picnic baskets are available to sustain the hungry theatre-goer.

Performances in the main botanic gardens

Performances of both Othello and Much Ado About Nothing start at 7.45pm.  There are no performances on Sunday or Monday evenings throughout the festival.

  • Fri 18th June – Sat 2nd August: Henry V
  • Fri 27th June – Sat 12th July: The Comedy of Errors
  • Thurs 3rd July – Sat 12th July: Hamlet

Performances in the Kibble Palace Glasshouse

Performances of Henry IV start at 8pm.  There are no performances on Sunday or Monday throughout the festival.

  • Sat 19th July – Sat 2nd August

Tickets & More info

If you would like more information on any of this year’s shows, please visit Bard in the Botanics